(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Virtual reality headset maker, Oculus VR, is being sued by game publisher ZeniMax, best known for owning id Software and Bethesda, for allegedly infringing on their patents and trademarks.
The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, claims the key technology in the Rift contains the publishers “trade secrets, copyrighted computer code, and technical know-how,” SlashGear reports.
“The lawsuit filed by ZeniMax has no merit whatsoever,” Oculus said in a statement. “As we have previously said, ZeniMax did not contribute to any Oculus technology. Oculus will defend these claims vigorously.”
ZeniMax claims that the coding used in the Oculus Rift was brought by John Carmack, Oculus VR’s Chief Technology Officer who previously worked for id Software.
“There is not a line of ZeniMax code or any of its technology in any Oculus products,” writed Carmack.
“No work I have ever done has been patented. Zenimax owns the code that I wrote, but they don’t own VR.”
The publisher has asked for a jury trial, though a date has yet to be announced.